Uttarakhand – The Land of Gods

Uttarakhand or Uttaranchal is called Devbhoomi. This literally translates to the Land of Gods. This is because of the innumerable temples and shrines that are located here.

barrot valley

Let us look through some famous places you can visit here –

1. Mussoorie

The famous hill station is one of the top places you should visit in Uttarakhand. With beautiful snow-capped mountains and lush green valleys, it is a sight to behold. A quiet evening sipping on some hot tea sitting in your cottage which overlooks scenic beauty is something we all crave and this place is perfect to make such a dream a reality.

2. Char Dham yatra

The holiest four shrines which every Hindu long to visit at least once in their lifetime are all located here. Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath, and Kedarnath are places of beauty and worship. Gangotri is the starting point of the holy mother Ganga and Yamunotri of the holy river the Yamuna.

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Kedarnath

Badrinath houses an epic murti of the great Lord Vishnu while Kedarnath is a tribute to the great Lord Shiva. Its sanctum sanctorum houses a huge shiva linga . Every devotee should at least once visit these beautiful shrines to get enthralled in some divine bhakti and atmosphere.

3. Chandrashila

For all those newbies who want to try out adventure, this is the perfect place. Known as one of the easier treks to undergo in the mighty Himalayan range, the Chandrashila trek can be attempted by learners and amateurs alike. With suitable gear and great guides, the trek is fun and memorable.

4. Jim Corbett National Park

The very famous national park of India is one of the last remaining habitats of the great Indian Bengal tiger. Enjoy a safari in the wild while trying to spot some of these majestic creatures. A perfect family spot to take your kids and have fun spotting animals in the wild.

5. Sattal

This hidden gem consists of seven freshwater lakes abound with blue-green water. Especially known for its flora and fauna, you can carry out activities like bird watching perched atop a boat floating on the lake. Its surrounded by various different trees and plants like algae and other aquatic vegetation is also found in these lakes.

6. Rishikesh

One of the holiest places to ever exist, the name of this place itself resonates divine energy. There are many ancient temples to visit but do not miss out on the Lakshman Jhula while here.

This famous jhula is said to have been used by the great lord Lakshman himself to cross the Ganges and today stands concrete filled for many people to visit. Get enthralled by its beauty and feel the great gods in your soul as you walk on this bridge and visit the temples in the vicinity.

7. Kumaon

Kumaon is what one can call the jack of all trades. This beautiful town is filled with all the relics for a perfect trip. It boasts of gardens, valleys, hills, and even a national park in its region. What more can you ask for?

8. Nainital

One of the most popular tourist spots, it is thronged by thousands of people throughout the year. But yet, you should visit this place to take in all its beauty and grandeur.

The Naini lake situated here boasts of gorgeous blue waters and wonderful scenery all around. Enjoy some relaxing music while lying in a boat and forget your worries.

9. Auli

The snow-peaked mountains here offer the perfect place for skiing. Lined with various ski resorts, try out this fun sport with your family and friends. Do not forget to buy some freshly picked apples at the various apple orchards here. You can also enjoy trekking and mountaineering on these hills.

10. Valley of flowers

The famous Sanjivani booti and the mountain carried by lord hanuman is where this valley is located. Now touted as a UNESCO world heritage site make sure you do not miss out on this beautiful valley. Filled with wild blooming flowers and medicinal herbs, it is a dream place to see for all the nature and botany enthusiasts.

While exploring and discovering all these places do not forget to try out the local cuisine too. The best part is it is one of the few places where vegetarians can eat a lot more variety. Do try out the madua rotis, dubka, and mathir(til) laddus when you visit.

With this, we come to an end of the little virtual tour of this divine and beautiful state. Do make it a point to visit here to get drenched in some divinity and calm.

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